Spain calls in its army to fight COVID-19 resurgence

Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday said he was making the army available to help regions fight a surge of coronavirus cases.

“We cannot allow the pandemic to take control of our lives again, we must take control, break this second curve”, he said, and added that the Spanish government will “provide the regions with the strength of the armed forces to carry out the tracing” of cases.

Sanchez said the evolution of the pandemic in Spain is “worrying”, but stressed it is still far from its peak in March. He also said that regions will be able to ask the government to apply a state of alert in their territories as well.

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Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday said he was making the army available to help regions fight a surge of coronavirus cases.

“We cannot allow the pandemic to take control of our lives again, we must take control, break this second curve”, he said, and added that the Spanish government will “provide the regions with the strength of the armed forces to carry out the tracing” of cases.

Sanchez said the evolution of the pandemic in Spain is “worrying”, but stressed it is still far from its peak in March. He also said that regions will be able to ask the government to apply a state of alert in their territories as well.

Spain has so far reported more than 405,000 infections, and nearly 29,000 deaths from the disease.